Intern Spotlight: ExxonMobil

Author: Shlomo Honig (MS expected 2020)

This past summer proved incredibly busy and rewarding for me on many fronts.  I spent the first part of my summer collecting data for my Masters research with my research assistant out in Wyoming’s Green River Basin. I then completed a summer internship with ExxonMobil at their main campus in Spring, TX.  What I experienced academically, professionally, and personally from both of these experiences was eye-opening and unforgettable.

During the course of my ExxonMobil internship, I worked with and learned from an exploration team focused on prospecting projects throughout the Americas. The big-picture, limited-data nature of these projects was particularly exciting to me because of the comprehensive approach required to assess the prospectivity of a given area. My intern project allowed me to integrate seismic data, well logs, paleotectonics, modern analogs, and an application of sequence stratigraphic principles to prospect a frontier location, and based on my work I was able to make recommendations to management regarding how to move forward with my area of interest.

After 3 months with ExxonMobil, I gained a newfound appreciation for the stimulating environment of the oil and gas industry, as well as the ongoing intrigue and challenging opportunities that go along with it. The culture I experienced was welcoming and collaborative, especially amongst my team members, fellow interns, and other employees with whom I interacted. In fact, one of the best aspects of my internship was the people I met. Additionally, I was impressed by the breadth of knowledge and perspectives brought to discussions from a broad spectrum of professionals that ranged from biostratigraphers and igneous petrologists to business analysts and petroleum engineers. I could not wait to get started each day because of the fact that I could interact with these types of individuals on a daily basis to learn as much as possible about technical skills, geologic principles, ExxonMobil, and the industry more broadly.

If I had to rate my summer internship, I would have to say it was, hands down, outstanding.  I think there is so much that can be learned from an internship experience, whether or not you think industry is what you want to pursue. If you’re interested in hearing more about my experience or have any questions about industry or anything else, I’d be more than happy to grab coffee and talk some more! Feel free to send me an email at shonig2@wisc.edu.